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Common Prettymouth Puffball

Calostoma fuscum

Description:

These fruiting bodies were slightly firm supported by hairy stalks about 50mm tall. The smooth ball caps were about 20 mm wide with a central opening which had a raised star-shaped orange lip.

Habitat:

Spotted in sodden soil on the sloping side of a track.
Occurrence record: https://bie.ala.org.au/species/9b279432-...

Notes:

This stalked puffball is called Calostoma or pretty mouth because of the raised orange stoma, which is quite attractive.
The spore-containing peridium is three-layered and protected by a harder cap which falls off at maturity.The inner sac is then exposed and when under pressure, releases its spores through its opening.
Order : Boletales
Family: Calostomataceae

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